Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Costa Rica!

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Empty A frames!

Came to Don Jons in Santa Teresa to stay for 3 days, ended up staying a week!

Playa Avellanas

Playa Avellanas

Barrel!  Secret Spot.

Hike to the beach at Playa Suecos, Mal Pais

Getting behind the Montezuma waterfalls.

Big tree at Cabuya.

Tico Transportation

Playa Longosta

Joe and Carolina's La Bodego Artisan Foods, Tamarindo

"Yeah we are getting ready to swim at the most awesome spot ever!"

Almost to another waterfall!

Our Tico Guide at Montezuma waterfalls.

Monkey skull at Montezuma waterfalls.  Found another skull in another river later that week.


To be a kid again!

Rio Lajas, Cabuya.

Costa Rica’s butterfly species make up approximately 90% of all Central American butterflies, 66% of neo-tropical butterflies and 18% of the world’s total butterfly species.

roots, Montezuma

Playa Marbella

Casa Tranquila, Tamarindo

Coastline, Southern Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Coutis, Rincon de la Vieja

Cows, Nicoya Peninsula

Dog life, Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa

Don Jons

Don Jons

Don Jons, Santa Teresa

Dream House, Cabuya

Waterfall, Rincon de la Vieja

Playa Hermosa

Playa Montezuma

Ficus tree

Country Life, Nicoya Peninsula

Beach grilling, Santa Teresa

Joe's fish quiver

Glassy waves! No one out!

Chilling, Don Jons

Heavy wave and bigger than you realize, way overhead! Playa Marbella.

Hot Pots, Rincon de la Vieja.



Happy faces!

Joe Simon, Playa Marbella

Joe Simon, Casa Simon, Tamarindo

Joe Simon

Joe Simon, Playa Marbella

Joe, Playa Marbella

Jon Pacheco, Don Jons

Jungle Hike, Cabo Blanco, most humid I have been in my life!

Jungle road!

Big plants, Rincon de la Vieja.

Surf lesson for the newbies.

Costa Rica is considered to possess the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide. While encompassing just one third of a percent of Earth’s landmass, approximately the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica contains four percent of species estimated to exist on the planet

Stream crossing, Rincon de la Vieja

Playa Negra

Mal Pais

Playa Marbella

Playa Marbella


Max heading back across the river after a surf, Tamarindo.

Max leaps at Montezuma waterfalls.


Max swiming at Montezuma waterfalls.

Behind the Montezuma waterfalls.

Max dives through the falls!

Misty hike

Rio Lajas

Max surfing Santa Teresa.

Max surfs.

Father/Son surf session

Rio Lajas, Cabuya

Melanie, Santa Teresa

Lagoon, Cabuya, Rio Lajas

Playa Longosta

Sam keeps an eye out for crocodlies, Rio Tamarindo

Mel leaps, Montezuma.

Are you stoked Mel?

Mel is a surfer, Santa Teresa!

Rincon de la Vieja

Rincon de la Vieja

Howler Monkeys, Casa Simon.

My buddy!

White faced Monkey, Rincon de la Vieja.

Every hike was hard, one wrong step and you ended up on your rear, never let your guard down!


Montezuma waterfalls

Mountain Lodge, Rincon de la Vieja.

Guanacaste landscape

Playa Grande, night of my best wave to date!

Playa Montezuma

Playa Negra

Playa Longosta

Our only river crossing this trip. On the way to Cabo Blanco from Mal Pais. No roads are on the maps. As a mapmaker by profession the maps of Costa Rica fall very short with me.

Even the rivers flow with flowers.

Rio Lajas

Road to Montezuma from Mal Pais.

Ficus Tree


Sam and Guapo, Casa Tranquila, Tamarindo.

Sam, Playa Marbella

Sam, Playa Negra

Bike ride, Santa Teresa

Playa Suecos

Playa Hermosa

Steaming vents, Rincon de la Vieja.

Playa Longosta

Rivermouth, Playa Longosta

Big shell, Playa Hermosa

Best swimming hole ever!

Playa Suecos

Sand dollar, Playa Negra

Playa Suecos, Mal Pais

Playa Suecos, Mal Pais

Playa Suecos, Mal Pais.  A Tico I was surfing with told me to take the family here, amazing to say the least!

Just another shell.

Shell, Cabuya

Shells, Tamarindo

Best beachcomb find ever, Playa Hermosa.

Seriously this was the greasiest and slipperiest hike I have ever done!

Jungle spider

Santa Teresa

surf check

Big waves!


Sunset, Playa Tamarindo

Our Tico guide, Montezuma waterfalls.

Our Tico guide was 56 years old and still dove the waterfalls!

Traffic jam

Catarata Cangreja, Rincon de la Vieja

Best waterfalls of my life, the long hard hike keeps out the riff raff.  We had it all to ourselves!

Shaping up nicely, time to head out to surf.  Playa Santa Teresa.

Another empty righthander, surfs up!

Views for days and no one surfing, I love it here in Cabuya!

Carolina making sandwiches for La Bodego!

The only bike I want to ride now and only for checking the surf!
Sunset Surfer, Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

1 comment:

AB said...

Awesome pics man - looks like a great trip!